BOOK REVIEW: 12 Rules for Life BY Jordan B. Peterson

    Book review

    12 rules for Life by Jordan B. Peterson

    An antidote to chaos

    12 rules, one conclusion: You must take responsibility for your own life. Period.

    Jordan Peterson is a Canadian clinical psychologist, cultural critic, and professor of psychology at the University of Toronto. His main areas of study are the psychology of religious and ideological belief, and the assessment and improvement of personality and performance.

    That being said, you are probably aware about this author, as he often sparks controversy. I will refrain into joining this debate, but instead will point of what wrote Dr Norman Doidge in the Foreword

    “Intolerance of others’ views (no matter how ignorant or incoherent they may be) is not simply wrong; in a world where there is nor right or wrong, it is worse: it is a sign you are embarrassingly unsophisticated or possibly dangerous.

    So, go ahead read the book and judge for yourself. Here is what you can expect:

    Rule 1: Stand Up straight with your shoulders back

    Rule 2: Treat yourself like someone you are responsible for helping

    Rule 3: Make friends with people who want the best for you

    Rule 4: Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today

    Rule 5: Do not let your children do anything that makes you dislike them

    Rule 6: Set your house in perfect order before you criticize the world

    Rule 7: Pursue what is meaningful [not what is expedient]

    Rule 8: Tell the truth – or at least don’t lie

    Rule 9: Assume that the person you are listening to might know something you don’t

    Rule 10:  Be precise in your speech

    Rule 11: Do not bother children when they are skateboarding

    Rule 12: Pet a cat when you encounter on the street

    As entrepreneur, I find a lot of excerpts fascinating. Listen this:

    “You must determine where you are going, so that you can bargain for yourself, so that you don’t end up resentful, vengeful and cruel”

    Or this one

    “Don’t underestimate the power of vision and direction. These are irresistible forces, able to transform what might appear to be unconquerable obstacles into traversable pathways and expanding opportunities. Strengthen the individual. Start with yourself”


    For the very end I saved you this:

    What shall I do with my life? Aim for Paradise, and concentrate on today.

    What does all that mean? Orient yourself properly. Then – and only then – concentrate on the day.

    Aim continually at Heaven while you work diligently on Earth. Attend fully to the future, in that manner, while attending fully to the present. Then you have the best chance of perfecting both.

    God, sometimes I wish I was that smart.


    You can buy his book on Amazon here

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